Biovalorisation of Wastes to Renewable Chemicals and Biofuels

Biovalorisation of Wastes to Renewable Chemicals and Biofuels

1st Edition - October 15, 2019

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  • Editors: Navanietha Krishnaraj Rathinam, Rajesh Sani
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128179512
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128179529

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Biovalorisation of Wastes to Renewable Chemicals and Biofuels addresses advanced technologies for converting waste to biofuels and value-added products. Biovalorisation has several advantages over conventional bioremediation processes as it helps reduce the costs of bioprocesses. Examples are provided of several successfully commercialized technologies, giving insight into developing, potential processes for biovalorisation of different wastes. Different bioprocess strategies are discussed for valorising the wastes coming from the leather industry, olive oil industry, pulp and paper, winery, textile, and food industries, as well as aquaculture.  A section on biorefinery for hydrocarbons and emerging contaminants is included to cover concepts on biodesulfurization of petroleum wastes, leaching of heavy metals from E – waste, and bioelectrochemical processes for CO2.  Chapters on algal biorefinery are also included to focus on the technologies for conversion of CO2 sequestration and wastewater utilization. Biovalorisation of Wastes to Renewable Chemicals and Biofuels can be used as course material for graduate students in chemical engineering, chemistry, and biotechnology, and as a reference for industrial professionals and researchers who want to gain a basic understanding on the subject.

Key Features

  • Covers a wide range of topics, from the conversion of wastes to organic acids, biofuels, biopolymers and industrially relevant products
  • Bridges the gap between academics and industry
  • Written in a lucid and self-explanatory style
  • Includes activities/quiz/critical questions


Graduate students in chemical engineering, chemistry and biotechnology; researchers at university and in industry entering the field of biovalorization

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Biovalorisation of Industrial Wastes
    1. Anaerobic biovalorisation of leather industry solid waste and production of high value-added biomolecules and biofuels
    2. Valorization of olive oil industry wastes and production of ethanol and high value-added biomolecules
    3. Anerobic treatment of pulp and paper industry waste
    4. Biovolarisation of winery industry waste to produce value added products
    5. Conversion of Textile effluent waste water to fertilizer using cyanobacteria
    6. Anaerobic bioconversion of poultry industry-derived wastes for the production of biofuels and other value-added products
    7. The Intertwined Facets of Membrane Technology for Industrial Effluents
    8. Biovalorisation of food industry wastes (cheese whey and molasses) to galactosidases by recombinant

    Part 2: Biorefinery for Hydrocarbons and Emerging Contaminants
    9. Biodesulfurisation of petroleum wastes
    10. Microbial leaching of heavy metals from E - waste : opportunities and challenges

    Part 3: Biovalorisation of agricultural biomass
    11. Recent trends in biorefinery based valorization of lignocellulosic biomass
    12. Protein Engineering Approaches for Lignocellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery
    13. Biovalorisation potential of Agro-forestry/industry biomass to Lactic acid: Opportunities and Challenges
    14. Vermicomposting of organic wastes and the production of vermicompost
    15. Microbial Electrolysis cells for converting wastes to Biohydrogen
    16. Agro-Based Sugarcane Industry Wastes For Production Of High Value Bioproducts

    Part 4: Algal Biorefinary
    17. Microalgal Biovalorisation: Conventional and Non-Conventional Approach
    18. Integration of wastewater valorization with microalgae for biofuel production
    19. Microalgae in Bioelectrochemical Systems: Technological Interventions
    20. Bioleaching
    21. Membrane separation technologies for downstream processing

Product details

  • No. of pages: 422
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: October 15, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128179512
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128179529

About the Editors

Navanietha Krishnaraj Rathinam

Navanietha Rathinam is a Research Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota. His research interests include bioelectrochemical systems for converting wastes to biofuels and value-added products, biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass, extremophilic bioprocessing, and space biology. He is a recipient of prestigious awards including Bioenergy - Award for Cutting Edge Research, Australian Overseas Research Award, and Young Faculty Award in Engineering. He has published over 30 research articles, 10 book chapters, edited 3 books, 1 patent, and PI/Co-I for 4 research grants. He also serves as a panelist for federal agencies such as NASA and NSF. He is selected as a US Ambassador for American Society for Microbiology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

Rajesh Sani

Dr. Sani is a Professor in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD. In the past 16 years, Dr. Sani has taught 15 different courses (e.g., Biochemical Engineering, Extremophilic Bioprocessing, Biochemistry, and Applied Biological Sciences courses) to undergraduate and graduate students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Washington State University, Pullman WA, and tried to integrate Engineering Sciences with Biological Sciences. His research expertise includes Rules of Life in Biofilms grown on 2D materials, Extremophilic Bioprocessing of Solid Wastes to Biofuels and Value-added Products, Space Biology, Genome Editing, Biocatalysis, and Biopolymers. He has one patent, eleven invention disclosures, published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in high impact factor journals, and has contributed to 34 book chapters. In addition, he has edited 10 books, and has been leading a research consortium funded by the NSF with the aid of 48 scientists and engineers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

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